So, as would any other Penn State student, I always refer to State College, PA as Happy Valley. But one day I wondered why this town is actually called "Happy Valley". Where did the name come from and is it actually true?
I did some research and found that State College is called Happy Valley because during the Great Depression, it was not hit as hard by the economic downturn as other areas, mainly due to the college scene. In a town full of college kids all from the same college, all united together, with an awesome football team, and great weather, how could you not be happy?!
In Psychology Today, State College was ranked one of the least stressful places in the U.S. And a more recent rating put State College 19th among the "Smartest Places to Live." It has also been named the No. 1 safest city in America.
Thus, going to college in a safe, recession proof, non stressful, college student filled town, there's no wonder they call it Happy Valley! :)